Rich, Creamy, And....healthy Hot Chocolate???

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Total Time
12mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 mins

Just what it sounds like. I'm a bit of a health nut, but when I was a kid, I loved hot chocolate. This isn't Belgian Dark Hot Chocolate of Sumptuous Death, but it's way better than a mix, almost as easy, and way more adaptable...plus, it's as high quality as the ingredients you use. The cornstarch thickens it wonderfully without altering the flavor, trust me. Plus, with a bit more cornstarch, it can become a killer pudding.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Mix the cornstarch and cold water. Set it at your side.
  2. Whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, and milk over low heat.
  3. Raise the heat can continue whisking, adding the vanilla and your chosen options.
  4. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture, raise heat just a bit more, and whisk vigorously until the mixture becomes nice and creamy.
  5. Options I recommend: Cinnamon and nutmeg for spiced hot chocolate, cinnamon and chili powder for Mexican hot chocolate, almond extract and Kahlua for amaretto, mint leaves and Bailey's for creamy mint hot chocolate -- the possibilities are endless.
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I tried this tonight with some cinnamon and, after seeing that it (the addition of the cinnamon) wasn't so bad, I got brave and added just a pinch of chili powder. Again, not bad. I was surprised. As for the base recipe, I felt the cocoa flavor was way too strong in proportion to the sugar, resulting in an overly bitter unsweetened cocoa taste. So, I added about another tablespoon of sugar to the already made hot chocolate. (It mixed in really well since the chocolate was so hot.) I felt it was much better that way. And I thought the texture was really nice. Thanks!